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    Jamee Luce, 35
    Teacher- Math and Computer Science
    RSU 18

    It’s one measure of Jamee Luce’s
    teaching gifts that Messalonksee
    High School was recently named to
    the College Board’s second annual
    Advanced Placement Honor Roll
    – the only school in Maine to be so

    A math and computer science
    teacher at the Oakland school since
    2004, Luce has taught AP calculus
    and AP computer science, plus
    other math classes and geometry at
    the middle-school level.
    “She is a dedicated teacher, often
    staying after school and getting
    there early to help students,†notes
    Luce’s Forty Under 40 award
    nominator, Abigail Perry.

    “Her classroom is routinely filled
    with students during lunch hours
    and study halls. She is a popular,
    effective teacher, well-respected by
    students, fellow teachers and the
    administrators in the district.â€Â

    Outside and beyond the classroom,
    Perry says, “Jamee has been head
    mentor for FIRST FRC Team
    2648 ( since
    its inception in 2007. FIRST is
    an international, student-based
    collection of programs whose
    mission is to ‘inspire young people
    to be science and technology
    leaders, by engaging them in
    exciting mentor-based programs
    that build science, engineering and
    technology skills’ (

    “The team, Infinite Loop, has taken
    off at the high school, and routinely
    mentors Lego league teams at local
    elementary and middle schools,â€Â
    Perry adds. Luce has taken students
    to compete in Boston, Atlanta and
    other cities; this year, she will bring
    a group to St. Louis for the World

    “Of the group of students who
    graduated last year, every one is
    studying engineering, except for one
    pursuing a degree in pharmacy,â€Â
    Perry notes.

    Luce grew up in Starks and
    graduated from Madison High,
    then the University of Nevada.
    She previously taught in Boston
    and at Cheverus High, and lives in
    Augusta, where her volunteer work
    for the local food bank includes
    delivering groceries.

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